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704-333-HOPE, ext. 113

Women's Programs

Dove’s Nest for Women & Families


Dove’s Nest, Charlotte Rescue Mission’s cost-free women’s recovery program, opened its doors in 1992 with a 12-bed residential home in the heart of historic Dilworth. Now, a new 120-bed facility on the city’s west side provides a structured yet loving and stable living environment, with a dedicated staff aimed at helping women understand and deal with the core issues of addiction as a disease.


The program welcomes mothers with their children and focuses on spiritual, physical, social and psychological recovery, to help women understand and deal with the core issues of their alcohol and/or drug addiction. After the free 120-day intensive program, residents may opt for an eight-month extension in our continuing care division.


The program is women-specific, with a staff dealing with all women’s issues including mental, emotional, physical and sexual abuse, and a special team to assist with issues unique to mothers and their children. Our residents come to Dove’s Nest to rest, mend, heal and gain a new direction in their lives.


Dove’s Nest, the women’s program of the Charlotte Rescue Mission, is a four- to twelve-month program that follows a diagnostic period that last approximately two-weeks.

Resident Eligibility

Prospective residents must call the Admission’s Coordinator personally & follow directions given. We currently work from a waiting list. Please call 704-333-HOPE ext. 113, and leave your name and a number where you can be reached within 24 to 48-hours.

A resident must:

  • Be 18 years or older
  • Be motivated for making major life changes and willing to following directions
  • Have original valid photo identification AND social security card upon admission
  • Have no legal or other outside issues that will create disruption of the resident’s program
  • Submit to a full drug screen which includes alcohol upon admission
  • Be medically & psychiatrically stable
  • Be able to sit for an hour at time
  • Be able to climb stairs
  • Not be on any medications that contain benzodiazepines, barbiturates, alcohol, narcotics or anti-psychotic medications.
  • If pregnant, not over 12-week gestation WITH a current obstetrician approval for the program AND a viable aftercare or supportive residence in place post-discharge
  • Be able to read on a 7th grade level
  • Speak, hear, read & write English
  • Since we are not hospital-based, we cannot admit women that have chronic medical conditions requiring frequent medical appointments, eating disorders and certain types of personality and psychiatric disorders (check with the admission’s coordinator.)
  • Have at least a 30-day supply of medications

Family members that wish to gain visitation privileges must follow the directions of the Family Counselor and become active in the program which may include involvement in our weekly Family Program AND/OR mandatory Al-anon meeting attendance.

Following a two-week diagnostic period, a resident may be admitted into the program phase where they experience:

  • Assessments and Care plan completion
  • Obtaining a sliding scale card (for those without medical insurance)
  • Screening at the local health department
  • Mental Health evaluation
  • Learning the basic program schedule environment

Phase One – in the 120-day structured program, residents will experience weekly individual counseling, group therapy, education classes, life skills training, Biblical application for emotional wounds, and sober support group development.

Phase Two – our Continuing Care Division (CCD) is approximately 240-days in length and designed for women that:

  • do not have supportive and safe environments to return to
  • have chronic relapse traits
  • have previously completed this program and are eligible for readmission

Resident Policy Statement

It is the policy of Charlotte Rescue Mission not to discriminate against any resident or potential resident. We do require all residents to be age 18 or older. Residents must also be able to maneuver throughout the facility. It is our policy to ensure and maintain an environment free of coercion, harassment and intimidation. We will take immediate action to ensure that this policy is implemented.

Dove’s Nest Families

The Dove’s Nest families program allows women who are struggling with alcohol and/or drug addiction to bring their children to treatment so that the whole family can heal. We realize addiction is a family disease and it touches every aspect of the family, including precious children.


Dove’s Nest can accommodate up to 10 mothers and up to 30 children ages 3-11. At Dove’s Nest, we take a holistic approach to treating addictions by looking at the person’s mental, physical, emotional, spiritual, and vocational needs.


While at Dove’s Nest, children also receive clinical care to begin their healing process. We strive to help mothers gain the tools necessary to glean long term sobriety, while preserving and strengthening bonds with their children. We do this with credentialed counselors working in tandem with the mother and child.

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